Over the next two weeks we’ve got some great walking and biking events lined up in Edgewater. Be sure to save the date – it’s the perfect way to meet your neighbors and enjoy the outdoors in our community this summer:
Thursday, July 16 – Urban Foragers on Two Wheels with The Recyclery and The Rose Rider Garden Group
Sunday, July 19 – Bicycle Earring Making Workshop & Bike Ride with The Recyclery
Wednesday, July 22 – Green & Blue Edge Walk with EDC and EESP (ending with a special tour of Uncommon Ground)
Friday, July 31 – Edgewater Ice Cream Stroll to Berger Park
Thanks to those who came to the 30-Minute Walking Club this morning in Andersonville. If you’d like to join future morning walks, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when the next walk is planned.
We leave you with a fun video from People for Bikes called Shed The Monster. By building walking and biking into your daily life (when you run errands, on your way to work or school, visiting the beach, etc), you’ll be a better version of you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Go Edgewater runs from June 1st to September 30th, 2015 and is here to help you explore our great neighborhood – by foot, bus, train, bike, and shared car. (see below for lots more information)
Residents can order a FREE Go Kit, full of transportation resources and gift (a Go Edgewater t-shirt, water bottle or bicycle bell). Local outreach staff David Cady Jr and Erin Berger will be delivering Go Kits to residents’ homes. This summer Go Edgewater is also partnering with local community groups and hosting free events such as themed neighborhood walks, guided bicycle rides, and workshops.
Sign up for your FREE Go Kit at www.goedgewater.org
Biking & Walking Events: http://goedgewater.org/events
David Cady Jr.
Go Edgewater Ambassador
(Special thanks to Unit Owner Tom Wartowski who provided this information and links.)
Go Edgewater – A Transportation Options Marketing Program in Chicago
Go Edgewater is a City of Chicago program that offers free resources, activities, and support to Edgewater residents to encourage them to walk, bicycle, and take transit more often. The focused campaign effort aims to launch in June 2015 and run for four months. Go Edgewater is one of five similar programs being implemented in Chicago neighborhoods between 2013 and 2016. The program piloted in 2013 with Go Bronzeville and continued in 2014 with Go Pilsen.
The goals of the Go Edgewater program are to:
● Reduce drive–alone trips in Edgewater;
● Increase trips made by foot, bicycle, transit, and carpool;
● Increase the use of bike share, particularly at stations within Edgewater;
● Foster a sense of community around walking and bicycling activities; and
● Support local businesses and existing community efforts.
The Go Edgewater program will invite 7,500 Edgewater residents to order customized information packets containing their choices of maps, brochures, and helpful resources on transportation options for getting around Edgewater, the City of Chicago and beyond. Local outreach staff, hired from within the neighborhood, will assemble customized packets and deliver them to residents’ homes, along with an incentive gift.
Go Edgewater will also host community events such as themed neighborhood walks, guided bicycle rides, and workshops to help residents get out and experience their community and the many available transportation options. Outreach staff will appear at existing community events to provide helpful information to residents about walking, bicycling, and transit use in and around Edgewater.
The Go Edgewater team will work with local partners, as well as CTA, Metra, Divvy, and other City and regional partners, to offer a suite of services customized to the neighborhood’s assets, needs, and desires.
Go Edgewater is seeking program partners and interested community members to help make the program a success. If you would like to learn more or get involved, contact Maggie Melin at the Active Transportation Alliance at Maggie@activetrans.org or 312-216-0475.